Matthies,tagadelic. Thanks Matties!
Just for fun, anything special you would recommend to folks who are going FT (without the PT option) and are limited to nighttime activities? I will try to figure out a way to do lunches and coffee, but I fear daytime stuff just isn't in the cards this year.
Are CE classes available nights? Inns of the Court dinners?
Actually most of the school sponsored networking events will be in the evenings. The Inn of Courts are dinners, and the bar charity stuff is often at night or on the weekends. The only real daytime networking is the CLE lunches, and these are once a month. You should try to go when you can, look for ones that are close to your school, you will get lunch out of the deal and be the only one there. But the majority of the stuff will be at night so you should be fine.
Oh one more thing, breakfast is always good too. I have a weekly breakfast I attend with some judges and lawyers, its usually over by 8:30AM so if you can find something like this (or start your own group) that can be done before class.
As you said, all of the CLE events are during the day, usually from 9-5. I can't find any info on the monthly CLE lunches on the NYSBA website. Are you talking about the lunches that take place during some of the CLE classes? Or do i find out about the luncheons once i join?
Iím not sure what you mean by NYSBA, Iíll assume you mean New York City? I checked their webpage and looks like they mostly do Ĺ day CLEs. What you want to look for a section specific events, put on by the committees (Like Administrative Law Committee or Environmental Law Committee etc.) themselves rather than full blow CLE classes. Search by calendar of the committee your interested in. For example the committee on Small firms is having a 12:30-2:00PM lunch CLE thatís only $25. http://www.nycbar.org/EventsCalendar/show_event.php?eventid=929 You basically should just plan on trying to go to the committee group CLEs as the main CLE are a lot more money and likely overkill for what you need.
Its also looks like the NYC bar association is having a meet and greet for law students in Sept. I would highly recommend going to this as the more active committee chair people will be there and they can answer specific questions about things you can do as a law students to get involved whenthe groups meet etc. Plus this is for law stuenents so people who like emntoring will be there. http://www.nycbar.org/EventsCalendar/show_event.php?eventid=923
Also check out the Young Lawyers Division, looks like they have once a month cocktail hour. http://www.nycbar.org/YLC/first_thursdays.htm
Also be sure to check the NY State bar association and any other local bar associations they might have in the city. My city, much smaller, has a state bar, a city bar and a metropolitan bar.
Hope this helps!
thank Matthies! you certainly have helped!
I'm in Western NY so i'm looking to join the NY State and Erie County Bar Associations. I just moved out of the NYC area this summer, so i won't be able to make any of the NYC events. But i will definitely look into the committee activities in the bar associations in my area.